Coach Tom Ward joins The Field House Student Athlete Foundation in 2017 having completed his 46th year in the coaching profession and his 13th year at Edmond Memorial High School. He is a 1965 graduate of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, a 1971 graduate of Panhandle State University and in 2003 coach received his M.Ed. from the University of Central Oklahoma. In the Spring of 2016, Coach Ward obtained his SCCC certification; Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified, from the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association. He holds a Sports Performance Coach certification from USA Weightlifting and has assisted in teaching that certification for the past eighteen years.
His coaching stops include assistant roles at Bishop McGuinness 1971-74, Edmond Memorial 1975-78, Pawhuska 1979, Putnam City West 1980-82, back to Bishop McGuinness as Head Football Coach 1983-2000. During his time as Bishop McGuinness' Head Coach he was Daily Oklahoma Little All City Coach of the year 1983 & 1986, Oil Bowl Coach 1987 and All State Football Coach 1988, as well as two different stints as coach of the Jim Thorpe All Star Football game. From 2001-2003, Coach Ward served as an assistant football coach at Bishop McGuinness and in 2004 he returned to Edmond Memorial where he coaches the Speed-Strength & Conditioning for the football team, as well as the Speed- Strength training for the Girls Basketball team, the Bulldog Baseball team and multiple other athletes who enrolled in his Weight Training and Speed Development Classes.
Coach Ward has a passion for connecting with and teaching young student athletes the discipline and desire it takes to be successful, and is an invaluable addition to The Field House coaching staff.
Jared Ka’aiohelo, affectionately known as “Coach K” to his athletes and coaching colleagues, has been exceedingly influential to the performance enhancement of athletes at every level for over two decades.
Ka’aiohelo found his love of strength and conditioning as a standout multi-sport athlete at Edmond Memorial High School, spending his summers working with Brett and Beau Adams. Years ahead of its time, the Adams’ Course was one of the first athlete-only performance training centers in the country opening in 1988. After the city’s only State Championship Football winning season, Ka’aiohelo left for Fayetteville to play football spending three years as an Arkansas Razorback, where he was coached and mentored by legendary strength coach; John Stucky. In 1993, Kaaiohelo made the decision to transfer to Missouri Southern to finish his last two years of NCAA eligibility. There he played a pivotal role as captain of the Lions’ football team, competing in an undefeated season and taking home the MIAA conference championship. The following year, Ka’aiohelo earned a spot in the 1994 Snow Bowl (NCAA DII All-Star Game).
Ka’aiohelo continued his playing career at the next level when the Houston Oilers signed him as a free agent in 1995. The following year he was drafted in NFL Europe for the Scottish Claymores, where he spent two seasons with the team. As team captain, the Claymores became World Bowl Champions in 1996. The following season, he returned to the states and got picked up by the Indianapolis Colts.
Hanging up his cleats in 1999, Ka’aiohelo’s love of sports endured. In 2000, wanting to put his playing experience to use, he volunteered with the Oklahoma Sooners Strength and Conditioning department, and later that year opened up The Fieldhouse athlete training facility in Oklahoma City. Inspired by The Adams’ Course, The Fieldhouse was a place for athletes to train and prepare for the next level.
In 2004, Ka’aiohelo took an opportunity to begin a Strength and Conditioning program for the Athletics Department of the University of Central Oklahoma. As the inaugural strength and conditioning coordinator, Ka’aiohelo donated equipment, began fundraising, hired graduate assistants, and brought a knowledge of sport performance and training that would change the way student-athletes trained at UCO.
Continuing his journey in the collegiate ranks, Ka’aiohelo accepted a position as Assistant Strength Coach with the University of Kansas Football team in February 2007. Along with his football duties, he also trained the men’s golf team who included current PGA player Gary Woodland. The Jayhawks football squad had a record-breaking season in 2007 winning the BCS Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech and finishing the season ranked #7 with a 12-1 overall record. The next year the Jayhawks completed their season with a win in the Insight Bowl against Minnesota.
In 2009, Ka’aiohelo accepted the position of Assistant Athletics Director/ Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning at Rice University in Houston, Texas. In four seasons with the Owls Football program, Ka’aiohelo was a part of the 2011 victory in the Armed Forces Bowl against Air Force. But more importantly, prepared a number of athletes for their NFL dream. Currently, there are over 16 players in the NFL that he has had the opportunity to train. These athletes who have made rosters always have a great work ethic and top numbers at the combine and respective pro days.
Ka’aiohelo was approached by many of his former athletes to start his own training facility like so many years ago- but this time with the knowledge and experience of having been on the collegiate coaching side. Coach K says he had three coaches who were instrumental in his career: “Brett Adams, John Stucky and Jon Lantz were mentors who invested in me and gave me the platform and opportunity to put my athleticism to work- without their guidance I never would have been able to play at the highest level of my sport.”
TOM WARD, MEd., SCCC, USAW-SPC
Head Coach- The Field House Student Athlete Foundation
Dr. Kyle Griffith is a board certified chiropractor who has been working in the field of chiropractic and performance therapy since 2002. As a multi-sport high school athlete, Dr. Griffith has seen the benefits of chiropractic and performance therapy first hand. As a young athlete Dr. Griffith experienced the direct benefits of manual therapy and spinal adjustments – and the positive impact they have on sports performance and managing injuries. This experience enabled Dr. Griffith to continue in athletics at the collegiate level, where he accepted a baseball scholarship to play at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In 2002, Dr. Griffith graduated with a B.S. in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri.
Immediately following his graduation, Dr. Griffith opened his own chiropractic clinic in Norman, OK. Dr. Griffith developed a desire to not only treat the pain his patients were in – but to help them identify the root cause. A personal injury due to ultra-marathon training and CrossFit® style workouts led Dr. Griffith to shift his approach in treating patients and athletes. “I had a movement problem, and dysfunctional movement patterns are one of the major prerequisites to pain and injury.”
This personal experience led to his adoption of the Functional Movement System philosophy – “move well before you move often”. Understanding the benefits that proper movement, a healthy lifestyle and diet have on achieving optimal health has been a driving force behind Dr. Griffith’s continued research and education in soft tissue injuries and sports performance.
In 2016 Dr. Griffith completed the performance therapy program at ALTIS (formerly the World Athletic Center) – which is home to many track and field Olympic trainees. Following the concept of the Athlete-Coach-Therapist triad taught by Dan Pfaff and Dr. Gerry Ramogida, Dr. Griffith’s training focused on the collaborative processes of the athlete, coach, and therapist in performance therapy. This ongoing collaboration works to optimize function by integrating manual therapeutic intervention into the athlete’s sporting movement practice, which results in performance improvement and injury reduction by focusing on and affecting technical and mechanical proficiency. Dr. Griffith is excited to bring this concept to Athlete, Inc. and many have seen great results since the concept has been integrated.
Following his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Dr. Griffith has continued his education through numerous courses and certifications: Strongfirst Kettlebell and Bodyweight, Movnat, Y-Balance, FMS, SFMA, MAPS (Gray Institute), Optimizing Movement (Reinold, Cressey), Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling 1&2, Meridian Therapy (Acupuncture), Certified Functional Strength Coach (BodybyBoyle), Science Based Nutrition, Functional Medicine University, Foundation Training, Fascial Distortion Method Full Body, and Active Release Technique Full Body (coursework taught by Dr. Michael Leahy, chiropractor for the Denver Broncos).
Tip Graham comes to Athlete Inc. after spending the last 6 years in collegiate and NFL strength and conditioning. He was most recently with the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football and baseball programs, after spending the previous two seasons at Rice University.
During his tenure at Rice, Graham served as an assistant under Coach K, then took over as Head Strength Coach in 2013 for the Owl's football and baseball teams, writing and implementing the speed and strength programs for each squad. Graham was a part of back to back bowl games and the 2013 Conference USA Championship. He and Coach K have accounted for more NFL Draft picks than any time in school history.
From 2011-12, Graham was a strength and conditioning coach for the NFL's Houston Texans, teaching proper lifting techniques and serving as a member of the Texans' 2011 AFC South championship team.
Graham was a graduate assistant at Auburn from 2010-11 and worked with the Tigers’ football program and others. He was a part of two SEC championship teams in football as well as the 2010 BCS National Championship.
He worked as a strength and conditioning coach at LSU from 2009-10 where he worked with four programs, including football and baseball. Graham began his career in 2008 as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Asheville Tourists, a minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
A native of Marlow, Oklahoma, Graham earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise/Fitness Management from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2008, where he was a four-year letterman in football for UCO. Graham earned a Masters of Education in Adult Education degree from Auburn in 2011. He is married to the former Crystal Daenecke and they have newborn daughter, Madelynn Marie.
TIP GRAHAM, MS;CSCCa, USAW-SPC
Strength and Nutrition
DR. KYLE GRIFFITH, D.C., FMS, SFMA
Director of Sport Sciences & Performance Therapy
JARED KA'AIOHELO, CSCS, USAW-SPC